Hand made Plane #2: Finishing it up!

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 02-11-2008 09:29 AM 6625 reads 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now to finish it up.

Here is an area that I screwed up on. When I opened up the throat I did both angles. I should have only
done the side that the iron rests on. Doing the other side will make it wear out being so thin. I should
have cut that side straight down at 90 degrees. But I can easily fix that by adding an insert.

Here I clamped the sides on the help guide the chisel. Laying the chisel flat againse the angled part made
it real easy to cut.


I kept cutting the leading block shorter and shorter until I got the throat opening I wanted.

The way I determined the opening was by putting the iron in place and making sure that it didn’t stick
out of the throat. You remove material off the sole to expose the blade as one of the last things you do.

Here you can see that I already glued the maple ends on the blocks. I glued the leading block and one side
on at the same time. It’s kind of cool when you add the side on. Once you engage the side with the sole
you tap on the end of the side and it will wedge itself tight against the blocks.

Here it is with the sides finished. All trimmed and square.

Now it was time to mark out the location for the brass rod. (not sure what you call it) I drew a line that
follows the inner block where the iron sets.

Then added a line where the iron sets.

Then the wedge. The wedge was cut from the piece I removed when I cut the two angles from the block.

I used a 5/16 diameter rod, so I marked it in the center point. Then I drilled it on my drill press.
I start with an undersized bit so as not to drill a hole too big.

Then while it was still square I ran it through my drum sander the thin the sole until the blade just stuck out.

Finally shaped it on the bandsaw, Round over bit on the router table, and sanded it


Now even though it looks very cool the way the sole is atached, I will never do it that way again.
It’s nice to do it once, but way too much time and trouble to do it again.

I don’t mean to discourage anyone from making one like this, because I would do it again just for the
challange and staisfaction of doing it. But as you can tell from my projects that I don’t tend to make
more than one of anything.

I will probably put a wipe on poly on the upper part to really bring out the contrast in the wood.

I will make more planes but just not like this. They will all be different. Good luck!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 02-11-2008 12:38 PM

Very nice plane you’ve got there Gary. What kind of shavings do ya get? ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#2 posted 02-11-2008 12:48 PM

I’ve heard the best finish to put on a plane is the oil from your hand as you use it, I think it was James Krenov’s who said that.
Beautiful plane.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#3 posted 02-11-2008 03:18 PM

Gary I see you can never have too many clamps. But theres only so many place to use them. Looking great.

I see you used a chip breaker. I kind of thought that a lot of planes like this use just the blade.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 02-11-2008 03:37 PM

Thanks for this informative post. You sure do some great quality work.

-- Hope Never fails

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#5 posted 02-11-2008 04:04 PM

What a nice little hot rod you’ve got there! Nice job. Also, I see you went for the sole treatment ala ECE planes. Way cool.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#6 posted 02-11-2008 04:18 PM

OK, now I see how you were going at it. It is a lot of work. I guess you had a lot of fun. Really looks good, Gary.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 02-11-2008 07:05 PM

Another great project. Thanks for the postings.

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#8 posted 02-11-2008 07:18 PM

EdC – I have heard that before, but I don’t use planes all that much and I can’t wait. :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 02-12-2008 04:03 AM

Thanks for sharing Gary. That plane should end up as a family treasure.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 02-12-2008 05:12 AM

it looks fantastic!!!!!great job!!!!!

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#11 posted 02-14-2008 03:28 AM

Great job! Looks really good.

-- --Jack D - Southeast Missouri --

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#12 posted 02-14-2008 06:28 AM

Thanks for sharing the process Gary. Looking forward to the next project post with a side comment where you mention you used this hand-made plane to build the project. Cool stuff!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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